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June 17, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Mark your calendars and make plans to head to historic Oakland Cemetery on June 17 for a FREE celebration for the whole family.
This year’s Juneteenth celebration focuses on the importance of Juneteenth, the accomplishments of African Americans, and the economic reconstruction of the African American community after gaining freedom and as many gained social mobility.
This year’s celebration also sets the tone for future Juneteenth celebrations to grow and become a staple community event, not only in the Grant Park neighborhood but throughout Atlanta.
The event will feature
- Live Music
- Food vendors
- Children’s Storytelling
- Free Tours
- Vendor Market
- Libations Ceremony
- & More
Schedule of Events
Tours are free but you’ll need to sign up to save your spot. Tour signups are available on Eventbrite and on-site.
In celebration of Juneteenth 2023, Historic Oakland Foundation is proud to debut a new walking tour focused on the lives of African Americans after gaining freedom and as they work toward economic and social development. This Reconstruction Era tour of the African American Burial Grounds includes the stories of African Americans who reconstructed their lives after emancipation and went on to shape Atlanta’s rich legacy of African American culture and achievement. You’ll hear from actors portraying several residents as they share their stories and journey as they navigated new times. Each tour lasts approximately 40 minutes.
10:30 and 11:30
Storyteller LaDoris Bias Davis will present Gullah Geechee tales for all ages.
Libation Ceremony and Performance
The Big Bethel AME Heaven Bound Choir will perform a libation ceremony at the Cemetery’s historic African American Burial Grounds at 11:00 a.m. followed by a short performance. A libations ceremony is a pouring as a way to honor one’s ancestors.
Live Music by Veronika Jackson
Veronika Jackson is a singer/songwriter whose compelling music draws inspiration from both blues heritage and the 1960s folk music movement. She performs at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Happening Throughout the Day
- Vendor Market
- Arts & Crafts and Snacks for Kids
- Dobie’s Catering Food Truck
- African American Burial Grounds Cell Phone Tour